Thanks for all the replies! Some good stuff there, too.
KevO, We have pulled out everything except the one govt retirement savings that is in Treasuries. Just got the new password today to pull that one, thinking that the govt is diluting T's with some of their shenanigans (some nonsense about the Fed buying T's and keeping them, and still issuing FRN's), which could make them drop. All other monies are in cash, or already spent on preps and property improvements. We will use that last savings (T's) to buy the kids' mortgage, and have about 20K left. Have that much more in liquid assets (very liquid). We can live on next to nothing, and do, so even without my wife's job, we can live, by skimping, on my shop income if need be. Like you said, the house and lot is worth improving. This year we terraced another garden, added a 3,000 gallon tank to irrigate it, a shed to protect the tank (plastic), added onto the yard barn to store more stuff (40 bu. wheat, 30 bu. corn, gas cans, extra nails, fencing, garden tractors, and parts for them), got a new gas stove and 400 gallons of LP, a new fridge to cut electric usage for PV power, a second bicycle, lots of tools, a corn sheller, a grass/wheat scythe, and some extras for the blacksmith shop.
Some of what money is left will go to a set of horse harness for the kids, and a shop to move the blacksmith outfit to their place (10 miles). Maybe a horse shed and corn crib there. We share resources.
Spanktron9, Speed of collapse? I'm just reading what they are saying on Tickerforum and in the GEAB/LEAP 2020 prediction. I hope they are wrong too! Yeah, some more meds would be good. Have a lot of vet supplies. Could use some extra winter clothing, so we'll hit the Goodwill (I'm too tight to pay retail). Foodstuffs we have, and all the garden supplies to grow more. I may get some canned seeds, though. Trade goods are a fine idea. I accumulate farm stuff, and have a market for it, so I could expand that into more general things.
evilgenius, Fire? Well, we have a plethora (been waiting for aplace to use that word) of fire extinguishers, outside freezeless faucets on city water with hoses, new smoke alarms, and an irrigation tank I could tap. But there are more things I could do there. Our welding shop has a woodstove and electricity, and is a very tight new building, but limited room for use as shelter. We could go to my daughter's, though, only 10 miles away.
I expect a serious devaluation, (or "new dollar") of USD before this goes too much farther, which is my only objection to cash. So, I'll keep some cash for a while yet. I'm trying to figure out where to go from there for a backup plan in case we something like Argentina's 3 to 1 currnecy devaluation, like overnight. If I hadn't spent it by then, that would really tick me off!
Thanks again for the ideas everyone. Jerry
PS Where the dickens do you get lidocaine?
Local fix-it guy..